Veeam Agent for Linux Beta, Part 2: Let’s back up

Read the full series:

Ch.1 — Installation
Ch.2 — How to back up
Ch.3 — How to restore
Ch.4 — Command line

In the previous post of this short series, we announced the immediate availability of Veeam Agent for Linux and gave everyone a few quick tips on how to start using it. The installed command line has some nice inline help that’s easy to follow, but we decided to give you even more information with this short blog series. Today, we’ll talk about backups!

Let’s back up

Now that the software is installed, let’s see how quick and easy is to set it up and run our first backup. For those that use Linux but are not “hardcore” shell users, Veeam Agent for Linux offers, together with the main command line tool, a nice graphical user interface (GUI) that can be started and executed from the command line so that it can be used even on server-grade installations with no window manager. In order to open the interface, you just need to execute:

veeam

This will start the GUI, and a welcome message with a wizard will appear:

Veeam Agent for Linux Beta

First, we configure a new backup job, by hitting C. Following the wizard, we give the job a name and we choose if we want to back up the entire machine, or just one of the available volumes or files and folders:

Veeam Agent for Linux Beta

Then, we select a repository to be used as a target. Wait, we don’t have a repository yet! That’s why the wizard asks us to create a new repository. In my test machine, I’ve selected a shared folder, which in my case is a mapped NFS share coming from another server as my destination folder:

Veeam Agent for Linux Beta

In the following step, I can configure the schedule of the job. Once the job is configured and ready to be saved, the wizard offers to start the job immediately. I can also go back to the start screen and start the backup here by hitting S. Or I can start it later, as suggested by the wizard summary screen, by using the command:

veeam job start --name "BackupJob1"

If I hit Enter and open the details of the job, the interface shows me the job progress:

Veeam Agent for Linux Beta

In this case, the backup is completed successfully in just a few minutes:

Veeam Agent for Linux Beta

…and I can see the backup file safely stored in my NFS Server:

Veeam Agent for Linux Beta

With that 3.3 GB backup file, I can start a file-level or volume-level restore, or even a complete bare-metal recovery of my Linux server.

That’s something for the next blog post, so stay tuned!

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16 Comments

  • Kirill Kogan says:

    Dear Luca,

    Is Veeam Linux backup backing up nfs mounts, in case I choose entire machine option?

  • Rick Vanover says:

    No the NFS mounts are not included, but you can back up to an NFS mount.

  • Ξ.Α. says:

    Dear Luca,

    Is it possible to also backup and restore older VMWare VMs running on VMWare Server 1.04?

    Thank you!

  • Pavel Tide (Veeam Software) says:

    Yes, it is possible if the VMs meet VAL system requirements.

    Thank you

  • Daniele S. says:

    Dear Luca,

    after I’ve installed the Agent, it says that it will expire in 1 day. Is there a step I’m missing?

    Thank you!

  • Pavel Tide (Veeam Software) says:

    Probably you’ve installed BETA1 which expired on the September 1st. Please get BETA2 here: http://www.veeam.com/beta/val

    Thanks

  • Александр Александрович says:

    what’s wrong?

  • Александр Александрович says:

    4 previous post

  • Pavel Tide (Veeam Software) says:

    Hi,

    It seems that veeamsnap module is not installed properly. Please double-check if it is present in the system and reinstall/install it, if needed. Feel free to post about techical inquiries in our community:

    https://forums.veeam.com/veeam-agent-for-linux-f41/

    Thanks!

  • Boudjel Boudissa says:

    hi, i have also nfs mounted on my linux vm, why is it not included ? any chance this nfs mounted directory can be included in the full backup ?
    much appreciated
    boudjel

  • Pavel Tide (Veeam Software) says:

    Hi,

    VAL needs block-level access instead of file access to perform backup. The only option will be to install VAL directly to the NFS server.

    Thanks.

  • Boudjel Boudissa says:

    i am runing with NETAPP storage (FASS2220) so i guess installing VAL will be impossible…
    or is it ?

  • Pavel Tide (Veeam Software) says:

    ONTAP OS is based on FreeBSD which is not supported in VAL v1 and even if it was I don’t think it would be possible to install VAL on NetApp box.

    Thanks

  • Lu Ki says:

    Can someone explain to me how I should mount usb on Linux to be able to do full system backup using Veeam Linux agent?

  • Pavel Tide (Veeam Software) says:

    Hi,

    The system won’t let you to pick local storage as a destination for full backup. There are several options to workaround this:

    A) Choose volume-level backup and specify all volumes except the USB drive, specify USB drive as a destination
    B) Instead of UI use command line interface as it does not have such limitations

    Thanks

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